Activities at Silver Creek High School, Wood River High School and the Community Campus are back to normal following an emergency procedure initiated just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the School District announced.
Authorities gave the all-clear via the district’s website at 3:41 p.m., dismissing students for the day.
The move was “strictly precautionary,” according to District Communications Director Heather Crocker, and there was “no immediate threat” to students. The order was issued to keep the ex-spouse of a Silver Creek staffer from entering the building, according to Hailey Police Department Assistant Chief Steve England. In response, Silver Creek Principal Mike Glenn made the call to initiate a “lockout,” bringing students inside the building and securing all exterior doors, England said.
England also confirmed that students were not in danger. But, a bulletin from the School District jumbled terms, substituting “lockout”—during which students can move freely inside the secured building—for “lock down,” a heightened response reserved for more significant threats.
Hailey, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and Wood River Fire and Rescue responded in force to the lock-down call, according to England.
“That’s why we sent in the cavalry,” he said. “There was never any real threat. I think in the day and age we’re in, people are just a little jumpy.”
So, no one entered and no one left the three buildings for almost 40 minutes. Most of the students had left Wood River by the time the order came in, though staff and extracurricular activities continued behind locked doors Wednesday afternoon. Silver Creek students were still in class and stayed there until law enforcement deemed the situation secure.
All of Wednesday’s evening events, including a planned scholarship fair at the Community Campus, will go on as planned, according to Crocker.
“It’s back to business as usual,” she said.